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Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2 | [Robin Hobb]

Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.
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Publisher's Summary

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

With the king near death, and Fitz's only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened.

Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands - and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.

©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“Hobb manages to create a kingdom that looks like a fairy tale but feels like the real world---which makes it almost impossible not to become immersed in Hobb's fantasy epic.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    John United States 04-02-12
    John United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "First book 4stars, third book 4stars...."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend. It is the week link in a very strong series. worth reading just for the 1st and 3rd books.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robin Hobb? Why or why not?

    I have read all of Robin Hobb's books. This is by far the best series.


    What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Paul Boehmer is a good reader. Every character is well done, and he is one of the best male readers for female voices. His female characters do not sound forced or odd.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would go see this movie assuming the movie of the first book was good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nor'easter 03-18-12
    Nor'easter 03-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Second Book"

    A few "twists" were not so surprising and there were a few moments where I wanted to slap Fitz upside the head for being so dense but overall an excellent 2nd book in the Farseer trilogy. Robin Hobb has done an excellent job of making me care about these characters.

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    John Tupelo, MS, United States 12-29-11
    John Tupelo, MS, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2003

    Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel

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    "Started well, but then..."

    Loved book 1. Liked first half of book 2. Hated 2nd half and book 3. The hero goes from being a child in an adult world, to being a young adult with the mental aptitude of a child. The main character can't seem to make an intelligent decision or stop his incessant whining and 6 year-old behavior. It's just not believable that one could be as stupid as Fitz and live. The more I listened, the more irritating the plot became about mid-way through the conclusion of the trilogy.

    I REALLY don't understand why so many authors lately insist on having their main characters spend huge sections of the plot being physically tortured in detail. The unfortunate situation here is book 2 just sets up a repetitiveness of torture and abuse of the main character that continues over and over and over well into many hours of book 3.

    Bright spot was superb job by Paul Boehmer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-11
    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2010

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "Already buying the next one."
    Would you listen to Royal Assassin again? Why?

    Yes. I am enjoying learning along with Fitz instead of already knowing what everything is about with his magic. The White Ships are tantalizing and I want to know!! I will reread because I am interested to see how much the story changes after I know about the Witt and Skill more


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fitz he is realistic he knows no more than he should and stumbles along just as I would.


    What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings depth and visualization to the story, a flow you don't get from reading yourself


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes but that would be telling


    Any additional comments?

    I really am enjoying this series it is separate from the live ship but seems to tie in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loren Waldorf, MD, United States 07-06-11
    Loren Waldorf, MD, United States 07-06-11 Member Since 2011

    Buggsy

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    "Great book"

    I liked this book and I enjoy this narrator too. Hobb has complex plots and it makes for a very engaging story.

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    Glenn New York, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-16-11
    Glenn New York, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-16-11

    Where ever I am that's where I'll be.

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    "Literary sustenance"

    If you have read Assassins Apprentice then prepare to rejoin Fitz in his life at Buckeep. As he fast approaches manhood he learns more of his strengths, weaknesses and loves. As always Robin Hobb intertwines the story with a familarity that makes you think of the characters as friends & in the case of Regal enemies. If you havent expereinced Robin Hobb do so NOW

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Toby NEW ROCHELLE, NY, United States 02-19-13
    Toby NEW ROCHELLE, NY, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I don't understand how anyone can enjoy Hobb"
    What disappointed you about Royal Assassin?

    If you're looking for interesting, compelling characters, look somewhere else. Hobb and her works are widely celebrated, though I am unsure of the reasons behind this. The names of her characters are rather lazy, hidden under an excuse, but that is forgivable. What are less forgivable are the characters themselves. They are dreadful. The main character Fitz, must spend 80% of his time in the book lamenting over either his relationship with the wolf and other dogs, or his girl friend. It becomes very tiresome very quickly, but the book is extremely long anyway. Most of the plot twists are predictable, and the villains are not brilliant and do not deserve the success they have for so much of the book and series. It is simply that the heros are not heroic. I do not mean this is a: they are not knights in shining armor, instead they have dark sides kind of way. That would be good. Instead I mean the heroes are just bad at being heroes. Fitz and Verity and the Fool bumble for thousands of pages (over the series) and finally pull it together at the end. I do not enjoy reading about people whining and failing for no conceivable reason. I did not finish the series, instead looking up the plot of the last book on wikipedia out of a morbid curiosity.
    I know I am in the minority in not enjoying this book, but with the wealth of other series and authors in this genre, I would not recommend this book. There are so many other series that are actually enjoyable and much more worth reading


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robin Hobb again?

    Absolutely not. There are tons of significantly better authors within the genre who merit a chance instead (Martin, Cook, Sullivan, Sanderson, Jordan, Lynch, Abercrombie to name just a few)


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Honestly, I was so distracted by the poor quality of the story itself that I didn't even notice the narrator. I'm sure he did his best.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of the concepts were ok, but there was nothing particularly worthwhile about this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't believe the hype around this author. This book is both a waste of money and of time.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 10-01-12
    Kevin 10-01-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not What I Thought..."

    I started listening to Royal Assassin as soon as I had finished the first book of the Farseer Trilogy, eager to see how the characters and story would play out.

    It took a while to slog through it. The second installment is long, and sometimes moves at a crawling pace... enough that I tend to tune out during the listen. Perhaps the unapologetic bleakness of the characters has something to do with that?

    It is an intricately woven tale of honor, loyalty, betrayal and love, but the oppressively depressing quality of the lives of her characters leaves me wondering if the third book in this series by Ms. Hobb will be even more masochistic.

    Admittedly, life is not fair in the land of the Six Duchies. I'm impressed with the style, depth, and quality of writing on display. Still, although I have purchased the third book of the trilogy, I don't plan on listening to it anytime soon.

    Kevin

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    saundra santaquin, UT, United States 01-24-11
    saundra santaquin, UT, United States 01-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Slow"

    I was really hoping this book was going to take off but it never picked up and there was very little action. I was hoping for some real action but the only action was poisoning people.

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    Darker_lyn 10-10-10
    Darker_lyn 10-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Mildy Interesting, too long and too tedious"

    A good story over all but it dragged on for so long that I will not be investing the time to listen to the last one. This series falls short.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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